Misdiagnosing Cancer and Prescribing Unnecessary Chemotherapy: Oregon Medical Malpractice

It May be Oregon Medical Malpractice to Misdiagnose Cancer and Unnecessarily Subject a Patient Through Chemotherapy


Yesterday’s blog post and article discussed how dangerous a misdiagnosed of cancer can be, and the top forms of cancer that are misdiagnosed.  When these cancers are missed, they can be allowed to spread and become irreversible.  This is why early and aggressive treatment is necessary.


However, this does not mean that treatment should haphazardly be prescribed or pushed upon a patient.  Rather, a cancer diagnosis must be properly made.  This may require lab tests, imaging studies, a biopsy, and even perhaps an inspection (i.e., colonoscopy or even exploratory surgery).  The diagnosis must be properly made by the healthcare providers before any treatment should begin, because there are some conditions which mimic the symptoms of cancer and do not require the same treatment—let along the same debilitating treatment.


Unnecessary Cancer Treatment Malpractice


The treatment for cancer is intense, painful, debilitating, and draining.  This can be without any surgery too.  First, radiation therapy is used to shoot radiation waves into a tumor in an effort to shrink or kill it, or to weaken it significantly to allow the body to take care of the tumor.


Chemotherapy drugs are a combination of very caustic substances that are meant to bring you to the edge of your life, and bring you back.  Then go through another round of medication.  This is because the chemotherapy will kill the weak cells in the body, which are primarily the cancer cells, but will also kill some weaker but otherwise healthy cells.  Chemotherapy will also have extreme side effects which can damage blood vessels and nerves.  This is particularly true of the peripheral nerves, which are weaker and more susceptible to the damaging effects of the poisonous chemotherapy.  This is why unnecessary cancer treatment can be so dangerous.


Liability for Unnecessary Cancer Treatment Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Medical malpractice is a form of negligence, which encompasses an act or omission which is below the standard of care, or the standard that a reasonably prudent physician would do in like circumstances.  This means that to determine whether unnecessary cancer therapy was prescribed to a patient, it is necessary to determine how the diagnosis came to be and whether another physician would have ordered the same regimen.


If the patient establishes that a reasonably prudent physician would not have made a cancer diagnosis, because the defendant-doctor misdiagnosed it, or the physician would not have immediately prescribed chemotherapy drugs without confirmation, a patient may be the victim of Oregon medical malpractice.  A victim of medical malpractice may be entitled to recover for all damages there were caused by the unnecessary cancer treatment.


Because cancer treatment is so powerful, the damages are likely to be catastrophic on a healthy individual.  This can result in severe brain injuries, nerve injuries, and other organ failure.  Some patients may die from the chemotherapy itself rather than the cancer, which is why a patient undergoing chemotherapy unnecessarily may actually die from it.  In addition, the radiation treatment may actually cause cancer to form in otherwise healthy cells.


Victims of Unnecessary Cancer Treatment Due to a Cancer Misdiagnosis May have an Oregon Medical Malpractice Case


It is not just the physical damage caused by unnecessary cancer treatment which may harm a patient, but also the emotional distress of being diagnosed with cancer unnecessarily.  This can have massive ramifications on a victim and his or her entire family.  If you or a loved one have suffered from a doctor’s negligence in diagnosing cancer, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn how we can help you.


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